Black and white with a little natural light

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I typically shy away from black and whites because the conversion process frustrates me and I usually end up with a dull image that ends up in the rectangular bin. This one works for me though... thoughts?

I'm open to suggestions on a good ps plugin (that doesn't take a month to figure out) or a tutorial on a B&W conversion for CS2. :cool:

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Nice, Brian. Clone in that upper right corner though...

Love the tone and mood of this one. How many more weeks?

My B/W Process technique is as follows.

I use the one of two methods. First, use a channel mixer layer and adjust to taste..then add a selective color layer over that and adjust the blacks, neutrals and whites to taste.

Either that or convert to labmode, select the L Channel (luminosity) and then convert to greyscale...then back to RGB. Then add a selective color layer to dial in the tones...Select the White, neutral and black colors, and use the Black adjustment slider to finetune the tones. Thats the way I do it...it works out fine.
 
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Greg, thanks for the comment. This was just a test because this type of shot is new for me. I hope to try the real thing soon... gotta couple wardrobe issues to overcome. :rolleyes:

Thanks Josh. I didn't even notice the corner... fixed. :smile:

John, I'll have to check that out... O.H__I.O!!!
 
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Stu, Thanks... the wife wants to do a bunch of black and whites for the boy's room so this might be a good start. Of course she isn't crazy about it but she'll get used to it.

Marty, Alex and Graeme... thanks for the kind words :smile:
 
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Brian,
I think this is the best of your recent efforts. It's really a beautiful portrait of your wife. It looks much more relaxed and stuffy than your last set. Your wife seems more at ease and natural.

Your B&W conversion is quite good on this one as well.

Does she like it?
 
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